Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn re-elected as Warden - Dec. 20, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Central Huron Mayor and incumbent Huron County Warden Jim Ginn will serve another two-year term in the county’s top political position.
Ginn was re-elected by Huron County Council at its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12. He was challenged by Bluewater Deputy-Mayor Jim Fergusson, but ultimately council opted for two more years under Ginn’s leadership.
Central Huron Deputy-Mayor Dave Jewitt nominated Ginn, saying that the county has become a better place under his watch.
Jewitt lauded Ginn for his skills and forward-thinking, saying he has been bold and a visionary in his two years as warden and for even longer as the mayor of Central Huron.
When Ginn was first elected warden two years ago, Jewitt said he told his fellow councillors, as well as county residents, that he would be a good choice to lead and, as he stood at the podium last week he said he felt like he could say “I told you so”, just as former Goderich Deputy-Mayor Jim Donnelly had after nominating Ginn two years earlier.
Jewitt said that Ginn has been successful in applying a “rural lens” to all of council’s decision and that he has been firm in his decision-making, but also willing to listen to those who think differently than him.
Huron East Mayor Bernie MacLellan nominated Fergusson for the role, saying that he has been in business for a number of years and a dedicated public servant for over 15 years when he first filled a Bluewater Council vacancy in 2002 and was then elected to council the following year.
Not only has he served his municipality well for a number of years, but he had also been a member of Huron County Council for over a decade, MacLellan said.
Fergusson accepted the nomination and said his experience with Huron County Council would be an asset in the warden position, saying that he feels he has a deep understanding of the issues at hand.
Ginn also accepted his nomination, saying that with so much turnover at the Huron County Council table, he felt that some continuity at the top would be helpful, not only for the county, but for the new councillors as well.
He said that while some fear change and turnover, he welcomes it. Ginn added that the new faces and voices at Huron County Council will be good for the county and will lead to new and exciting ideas and projects.
Ginn also told his fellow councillors that he had formed strong bonds with those in upper levels of government, such as Huron-Bruce MPP and Minister of Education Lisa Thompson and felt he was the person to cultivate advantages for the community through those relationships.
He said he was excited about a number of projects on the horizon, such as the Huronview demonstration farm and the expansion of broadband internet to rural areas of Huron County.
In a private vote, Ginn was re-elected to the position, with Chief Administrative Officer Meighan Wark making the announcement.